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Comedian’s work-ex brings TV stardom for weekly journalists

Weekly newspaper journalists made their TV bow after helping a comedian complete work experience at their office.

Staff at the Carmarthen Journal featured on BBC series ‘Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience’, which sees the funnyman undertake a range of different jobs.

While at the Journal, his hometown newspaper, Rhod met then-editor Emma Bryant, below, and was asked to find a front page story by a 4pm deadline.

Emma, who has moved on to an NHS PR role since the episode was filmed, warned Rhod the Journal might miss an edition “for the first time in 205 years” if he didn’t return with a good enough story.

Rhod Gilbert

Rhod was then dropped off at a car park in Lampeter where, after scouring the town’s streets, he found a story about a mysterious bell ringer playing with church bells in the early hours of the morning.

He then called Emma to tell her the tale, which she described as “very unusual and quirky”.

During a news conference, Rhod then pitched headline ideas for his story including ‘What the bell is going on?’, ‘Two girls woken by massive dong’ and ‘Where will it all bell end?’.

None of his suggestions featured in the final piece, which did provide a splash for the Journal.

After thanking the newspaper, Rhod went on to spend time with BBC Wales later in the episode, which aired on Tuesday night.


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  • February 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Oh the irony of the programmes theme of work experience with the editor having since quit and now working in PR

    Thinking of a career in journalism in the regional press Rhod?
    safer to stick to the comedy,there`s enough comedians running things here as it is

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I watched Rhod’s programme. It was very funny, but it also proved that if you get out of the office and talk to people on the street, you’ll find good stories. Pity that so many journos don’t get the opportunity these days – instead they’re tied to the phone.

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